Water is Life
Water is life, and without water, there is no life. Many of us take water for granted—especially in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” We know that water is precious and is often exploited for personal gain. Our groundwater and our lakes, rivers, and wetlands are all under threat. At CURE, we have system-mapped water issues in Minnesota. This complex analysis made clear that the only way to have meaningful and sustainable change is to address operational values and behaviors.
CURE believes the future of our water and other natural resources depend on grassroots engagement, bold action, and progressive policies. This led us to embark on the creation of a Water Ethic Charter for Minnesota. A Water Ethic Charter is a community-driven statement of principles about how water resources should be cared for, managed, and used. Other countries around the world, as well as the United Nations, have used various forms of a Water Ethic Charter to address and solve environmental justices issues. Such a charter helps ensure that ethical decisions are being made in the best interest of all Minnesotans—now and for future generations.